A Colder War (Thomas Kell Spy Thriller, Book 2)

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Our Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website. To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices. Books in this Series. About the author. Jonathan Ring. Perfect for fans of John le Carre, a gripping and suspenseful spy novel from 'the master of the modern spy thriller' Mail on Sunday Thomas Kell is a disgraced agent who longs to come in from the cold. When MI6's top spy in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash, his chance arrives Eligible purchases are covered by the PayPal Buyer Protection scheme. If your order doesn't arrive, is faulty, damaged or vastly different to what was described, you can seek assistance from their expert dispute resolution team to claim a refund.

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Soon Kell will stop at nothing to see it through. Free Returns: No. Twinkle Twinkle Little Spy.

A Colder War (Thomas Kell Spy Thriller, Book 2)

Odd Thomas. The Bone Tree penn Cage, Book 5. At the same time, Putin has again charged another billionaire industrialist with crimes, in a power play to probably get his company. The world may be on the brink of a new cold war. It is fertile ground for a top notch spy novelist. Charles Cummings latest Thomas Kell spy novel his second Kell spy book since A Foreign Country in is centered on Kell's investigation of the death of Paul Wallinger, A M16 agent, who died in a single pilot plane crash.

Kell, who has been in disgrace since the events in "A Foreign Country" is asked by Amelia Levane, the new head of M16, to take a look at Wallinger's death to see if there is more to it. As Kell uncovers the last days of Wallinger's life, he runs into and starts a torrid affair with Rachel Wallinger, Wallinger's beautiful young daughter. Kell soon finds evidence that Wallinger, a noted womanizer, was in Turkey seeing a restaurateur.

There are photos. Levane, who also was involved with Wallinger, suggests that there may be more going on. Levane, has noticed a curious pattern of blown spy missions involving England and the cousins. A nuclear scientist in Iran and other operations have been blown. Levane suspects a mole, and we are soon immershed in a classic cat and mouse game as Kell tries to find the mole. Levane has a list of suspects and Kell is to focus on one such agent. But the enemy is not going to go quietly, and soon there is a high body count.

Kell puts together a sting mission, but the price will be very high. This is a classic spy novel. Aug 04, Manray9 rated it liked it Shelves: spy-thriller-fiction. I've read this before — about fifty times. Not by a long shot. View 2 comments. Mar 02, drk rated it liked it.

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I really enjoy this author, the insider knowledge he brings to the inner workings of SIS and am relieved that there is no gratuitous violence in his writing, a complete turnoff for me. Let the readers imagination play its part in the interplay between author and reader. And what exactly is the reason behind Kell's unwavering loy I really enjoy this author, the insider knowledge he brings to the inner workings of SIS and am relieved that there is no gratuitous violence in his writing, a complete turnoff for me.

And what exactly is the reason behind Kell's unwavering loyalty and belief in C? Hope that this will be explained in the 3rd of the series which I will listen to after a bit of a break. Excellent narrator with clear delineation between the voices of the characters. Beggars belief. View all 4 comments. Jun 15, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-thriller. This worked very well in the previous book, A Foreign Country. The precipitating event in A Colder War is the death — in a plane crash - of the lead British spy in Turkey. So our hero is called in to investigate; he connects the dots and the mole hunt begins.

This last bit at times stretching credibility.


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This is so pervasive that the unpredictability becomes predictable less than halfway through the book. The good news here is that when Kell is on the case — which is much of the time - A Colder War is an enjoyable and engaging read. Lastly — and without spoiling anything - the conclusion here is somewhat of a conundrum if this series is to continue. A proper old fashioned spy story which is not only well written but captures a realistic view of the intelligence services. My first book by the author and I was impressed. A spy novel not beset by gun toting types but more by an intelligent and thoughtful approach.

Here spying is more about investigation and data gathering as a disgraced SIS agent is pulled back into the fold to look into the death of another agent. It might be innocent or it might be that he was a mole in the organisation. Set A proper old fashioned spy story which is not only well written but captures a realistic view of the intelligence services. A cold, calculated mission without any graphic violence. It read very much as I'd imagine real spies work.


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It's an ugly job, but someone has to do it. Well done, but I won't want to read another for some time. I didn't care much for the people. They were too real with no hyperbole, just normal feelings like wanting to keep their jobs even though the syste A cold, calculated mission without any graphic violence. They were too real with no hyperbole, just normal feelings like wanting to keep their jobs even though the system dirtied them all too often. Not really my cup of tea. Apr 14, M. South rated it really liked it.

This book is a big improvement over The Foreign Country T. Kell, 1. While I liked the study into the character of Tom Kell and some others, there were a number of things that I found hard to believe: his blind trust of Amelia Levine, who continued manipulating him through out; hardly any development before Kell engaged in a steamy romance with a much younger woman, who's 'love at first sight' with him was rather unconvincing, too. Similarly unconvincing was the psychological portrait of the t This book is a big improvement over The Foreign Country T.

Similarly unconvincing was the psychological portrait of the traitor, which the author tried to distill from a fifth-graders dialogue between a group of spy masters. Finally, a lot of 'telling' by the author, either through dialogues or additional description, felt rather patronizing and redundant.

But I loved the realism of the job spying IS tedious, in case someone has any doubt , the trade craft, detailed description of the locales, culture and politics, minor characters etc. And the writing.

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Will I read the 3rd Kell book? Yes I will. Sep 03, Tim rated it did not like it. Agonizingly slow, tedious, boring, redundant. Did I say boring? Yes, yes I did. Mar 29, Beth bibliobeth rated it it was ok. Okay, confession time. Espionage novels really aren't my thing, but I was prepared to give this one a shot, firstly because I've never read any of the authors work before and secondly because it was chosen for the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club this year. I follow their recommendations religiously and 9 out of 10 times they get it right for my personal reading interests.

Unfortunately this time, I was sorely disappointed. A few agents abroad in Greece, Turkey and the Middle East that have defected to working for the West have been killed and rumours are flying around that there is a mole within the service. To add to this, one of her British agents Paul Wallinger whom she was having a long-standing affair with has been killed in a light aircraft crash yet the manner of his death is arousing her suspicions.

Enter former agent Thomas Kell who is not actively working in the service after an enquiry into events that happened in the authors previous novel, Foreign Country. Amelia is not only Thomas's boss but a good friend and she asks him to find out all he can about Wallinger's fatal "accident. As Thomas begins to unravel all the messy details of Wallinger's life and last movements he begins to realise that he has become embroiled in something a lot bigger than just a plane crash.

Furthermore, when he becomes romantically involved with Wallinger's beautiful daughter Rachel he finds it difficult to separate his emotions from the job he has to do which could prevent him from achieving the results he needs. For me, this novel proved quite tricky to read, especially in the beginning where I found the pace excruciatingly slow and didn't really understand what was going on. I did get used to the writing style eventually but it took a good third of the book for the action to pick up and for me to get a handle on the plot. It's obvious that Charles Cumming is a talented author who can write well but it felt like the reader had to be a bit of an expert on spy lingo and procedures which I definitely fall flat on!

The characters were interesting enough - I would have liked a bit more focus on the Chief of MI6, Amelia who seemed like the most intriguing character and I would have been curious to learn more about her mindset as a strong, intelligent woman who although married, had recently lost her lover in hazy circumstances. I do think that many people will enjoy this novel, especially if you enjoy a good spy read.

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Personally, I'm sorry to say it wasn't my cup of tea. A spy thriller with a slow paced plot. I was excited to receive this book as part of goodreads giveaway. I had heard a lot about its prequel A foreign country and was eager to get started on this one. The slow placed plot was a major disappointment, aren't spy stories supposed to be racy from the word go?

Thomas Kell as a character who is a disgraced spy is good and intriguing. Although slow to begin with the last pages is where the action lies and is a reader's delight from that point. Gist: A spy thriller with a slow paced plot. Gist: Thomas Kell, an out of favour secret service agent is called in by his boss to investigate the suspicious circumstances of a close friend's death. The idea is that there is a mole who has been sniffing out secrets and passing them on to the enemy and Kell has to identify and the nail the guy to clear his friend's name and the reason his death.

What works: Thomas Kell as a character is great and Cumming provides sufficient background to acquaint and endear the reader to him The whole idea of spy world sounds very authentic. It reminded me of the BBC drama Spooks, the concept of duplicity and secrecy that goes with it and this story is full of it. The writing style in in keeping with the kind of story: Simple, straighforward manner even when it comes to drawing out the complexities of the characters.

Cumming knows his stuff well. What doesn't: The plot is too slow for a spy story. Cumming spends a lot of time explaining the background perhaps for the benefit of those who have not read A foreign country. This however, does not help the story much and the reader who has not read the prequel feels a bit trapped with so much background info when all she wants to do is get on with the story. Too much time spent in the heads of characters which delays the action. Though it helps in setting out the story, it restrains the story from flowing on.

However, action really picks up in the second half and the reader is in for a treat as Kell chases the mole down and nails him. The story also has an open ending paving way for the third book in the triology. In a nutshell: A good read. However, this writer demands patience on the part of the reader. The back of the cover indicates the possibility of a film in future. Will be looking forward to watching it on screen.

Perhaps in this case, the movie will be better than the book. Much better than the first installment in the series. It has everything that a good espionage novel should have: romance, intrigue, double crossings and great characters. The novel deals with the discovery of a mole in the spy community of Ankara, Turkey, and the process that MI6 follows to flush the traitor out. The story takes off fr Much better than the first installment in the series. The story takes off from there and the plot thickens as it goes along through all kinds of surveillance, wiretapping and honey traps.

Based on the end of the novel I expect book number 3. Another excellent outing for SIS spy Thomas Kell, which this time finds him sent to Istanbul after the death of the local head of station. As before Tom is helped along by his team of operatives, but this time he finds himself having to work alongside the American CIA man who had previously caused his fall from grace.

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